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Bod Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue,” from his 1975 classic Blood On the Tracks, is unfinished. Always has been, always will be. Its incompleteness, however, is part of its power. It is no accident. Dylan engineered “Tangled Up In Blue” to be open-ended, unsealed, and shape-shifting, not unlike a jazz composition. He tinkers with it, sometimes radically reinventing it, both lyrically and melodically, to this day, making it one of the most resilient, resonant unfinished songs ever. Our own Robert Burke Warren gets deep into this distinctive, odd nugget from the Dylan canon. Continue reading
To explain the lyrics to “Stairway to Heaven,” Greg Olear looks to his Rider-Waite deck.
Twenty years ago, “Hey Jealousy” climbed to #4 on the Billboard charts. A few months later, the man who wrote the song killed himself.
When you finish reading this analysis by Greg Olear, the hidden meaning of “The Reflex” will no longer leave you answered with a ?
Greg Olear examines the lyrics of some popular holiday favorites.
In this recurring feature, Greg Olear offers an analysis of the sublime seventh track on Illinoise.
In which Greg Olear reveals the hidden meanings of three of his favorite songs: “American Pie,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Norwegian Wood”